Microsoft: Fresh Paint is the "#1" Windows 8 Entertainment app

The same day that Microsoft launched the Release Preview of Windows 8, it also released a number of new and updated Windows 8 apps on the Windows Store that were internally developed. One of them was Fresh Paint, a digital paint program which Microsoft described with this statement:

Discover delightfully real paint that behaves like real paint where it should and better than real where you need it. Blend and mix colors to get just the look you want.

Today, the Next at Microsoft blog announced that the Fresh Paint app is now " ... the #1 app in the Entertainment category in the Windows Store." However, the blog doesn't make it clear if that number one ranking is based on the number of downloads the app has generated or if its based on the quality of the app's ratings from its users.

Neowin messaged Next at Microsoft's author Steve Clayton on his Twitter account for more information. He replied, " ... ratings based on a mix of things ... but suffice it to say, it has plenty of downloads and great reviews :)."

Fresh Paint started out its life as a Microsoft Research project in 2011. At the time, the company worked with the Museum of Modern Art in New York City on the product, then called Microsoft Digital Art. Clayton stated today that the prototype has since been used by over 56,000 visitors to the museum.

Source: Next at Microsoft | Image via Microsoft

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I don't live in the U.S., and it was available in the store for me. I love that app.

Surprised that OneNoteMX isn't #1, though. Super app.

Ice_Blue said,
I don't live in the U.S., and it was available in the store for me. I love that app.

Surprised that OneNoteMX isn't #1, though. Super app.

I never knew OneNote MX is for entertainment... enlighten us!

Doesn't have too. The guidelines are there to provide guidance for those who need it - but if you're designer and want to create your own experience, the framework's your oyster.

...Especially when the experience they were aiming for was to recreate the feeling of actually painting and being an artist in real life

Edited by ~Johnny, Aug 22 2012, 10:21pm :

Fresh Paint doesn't load for me. If I click 'View in Windows Store' it just takes me to the main store page, and if I search for it within the store it doesn't find anything. This happens with quite a few other apps too. Is anyone else experiencing this?

lcg said,
Fresh Paint doesn't load for me. If I click 'View in Windows Store' it just takes me to the main store page, and if I search for it within the store it doesn't find anything. This happens with quite a few other apps too. Is anyone else experiencing this?

Same here, maybe it's not available in some local stores?

lcg said,
Fresh Paint doesn't load for me. If I click 'View in Windows Store' it just takes me to the main store page, and if I search for it within the store it doesn't find anything. This happens with quite a few other apps too. Is anyone else experiencing this?

As far as I can tell it's only being distributed in the US (despite supporting many other languages)

~Johnny said,

As far as I can tell it's only being distributed in the US (despite supporting many other languages)


Thanks. I thought that may be the case, and yes, I was confused because it supports other languages, and also English (United Kingdom).

~Johnny said,

As far as I can tell it's only being distributed in the US (despite supporting many other languages)


Well I live in the Caribbean and I did download Fresh Paint (although it was a long time ago). But it was with an US based account...

lcg said,
Fresh Paint doesn't load for me. If I click 'View in Windows Store' it just takes me to the main store page, and if I search for it within the store it doesn't find anything. This happens with quite a few other apps too. Is anyone else experiencing this?

Try in a "Fresh" User Account

Hi, LCG. I'm on the Fresh Paint team. Would you take a look in the Windows Store again and see if you are seeing it in your store and able to download? It should now be available in all global stores on Windows 8 RTM devices.

Thanks,

Aaron